Hamilton Physio & Rehab is a Certified Provider of The Shift Concussion Management Program.
Shift is a leader in concussion care and the program is an advanced approach to concussion rehabilitation. It guides athletes safely back to full participation in their sport and their lives.
Concussions and their long-term effects are one of the biggest challenges athletes face today.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a form of brain injury resulting from a direct to indirect blow to the head, face or jaw causing an alteration in brain function. Concussions can produce a wide array of symptoms which pose a challenge for coaches, trainers, parents and health professionals involved in the care of an injured athlete. The time course of recovery also varies widely from athlete to athlete, making it impossible to employ a “cookie-cutter” approach to concussion rehabilitation and return to participation timelines.
For this reason, a growing emphasis has been placed on objective pre-participation (or baseline) testing protocols that can be used to track an athlete’s recovery and serve as a tangible measurement for return to play. The Shift Team believes the pre-participation testing requires a multifaceted approach. Baseline Testing is a vital component to the proper management and rehabilitation of concussive injuries.
Recovering from a concussion can be a difficult and frustrating time. At Shift, we understand that each athlete is affected differently and as such, requires individualized care. The below management strategies are used to limit the amount of impairment as well as expedite recovery as much as possible.
Individualized resting strategies and home instruction
Specific recommendations around employment or academic demands
Manual therapy for associated complaints( neck pain, whiplash etc.)
Screening and Referral for Vision Therapy if required
Rehabilitation: Balance, Coordination, and Vestibular-Based
Physical exertion testing and exercise plans for return to sport
Return to Sport Participation
An important and often overlooked cornerstone of return to play preparation is a graduated program of physical exertion testing. It is well known that concussive symptoms are typically aggravated during physical activity.
Injured athletes who may be symptom free should be thoroughly tested with a series of physical tasks to reduce the risk of premature sport activity.
At Hamilton Physio & Rehab we provide a standardized approach to supervised physical exertion testing when the athlete is the appropriate phase of recovery.
Four Pillars Step 1 – Education
Education is the vital component to the prevention and proper management of this injury. It’s about reaching out to all those affected: players, parents, teachers, coaches, trainers, officials, administrators, and health care providers. It will require a village approach to change the current mindset and provide a safer playing environment for today’s youth.
Step 2 – Prevention
Through education and sport specific platforms, we aim to change the mindset of the participants from the grassroots level and up.
Step 3 – Management
Its is as important to manage a concussion, as it is to diagnose it. If a concussion does occur, stopconcussion.com wants to be there for the athlete. This is where Shift Concussion Management comes into play – providing a high standard of care for athletes across many different sports and many different regions. Concussion management requires team approach across all disciplines of health care.
Step 4 – Research
Since concussions are virtually invisible injuries it is important to continue research in this area. Through establishing the stopconcussions.com network of specially trained researchers and qualified health care professionals, the sporting community is significantly enhanced to effectively assess and treat concussed athletes.